Broadcaster for Aggies football and N.C. A&T Sports Hall of Fame member, Melvin C. Swann Jr.

Aggie Athletics Mourns the Loss of Mel Swann

North Carolina A&T State University Athletics mourns the passing of former radio broadcaster for Aggies football and N.C. A&T Sports Hall of Fame member, Melvin C. Swann Jr., (Aug. 20, 1935-June 4, 2016).

Swann spent 37 years in the broadcast booth alongside his longtime partner and retired Aggies football play-by-play man Spencer Gwynn as the Aggies color analyst. Swann graduated from Hampton University in 1958, but has exhibited Aggie Pride since becoming a Greensboro resident five decades ago.

Swann was more than a radio man. He provided financial support to Aggie Athletics and the Greensboro community for many years. At various times, he served as either the president or vice president of the former fundraising arm of Aggie Athletics, the Aggie Club. He held other positions for Aggie Athletics including serving as public address announcer for basketball games; he was a member of the Richard E. Moore Aggie Homecoming Golf Committee; and in 2008, Swann was inducted into the N.C. A&T Sports Hall of Fame as philanthropist and broadcaster.

An educator, Swann spent 37 years in the public school system of Greensboro and Guilford County, including earning a position as deputy superintendent of Guilford County Schools. He was also a teacher, coach, assistant principal and a principal before retiring in 1997. 

“This is a tough time for me,” said Gwynn, who retired from the Aggies radio booth in 2014 after 50 years of service. “I never had a brother, so Mel was like a brother to me. He was my family. I wanted to hire him to help me broadcast for one year and that one year turned into almost 40 years. Mel loved his wife (Jean). He loved his family and he loved broadcasting A&T football games.”

The funeral is set to begin at noon, Friday, June 10 at Annie Merner Pfeiffer Chapel (900 E. Washington Street) on the campus of Bennett College. The family hour of visitation is from 11 a.m.-noon.